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Get Outside for Winter Fun!

Early this January neighborhood youth were invited to stop by The Sun Ray Natural Library to pick up a copy of “Disaster Strikes: Blizzard Night.” This suspenseful book portrays a group of courageous siblings left to their own devices in the Michigan wilderness during a blizzard. This last Saturday, nearly 20 youth arrived at the library excited to discuss the book and participate in a presentation on dressing appropriately for winter weather. Next came a game of charades with a winter “first-aid” theme, and then the highlight of the day-building a snow shelter! The kids had a blast digging into mounds of snow, crafting the perfect sculpture with great enthusiasm. A blazing fire and roasted marshmallows warmed them between construction stints – all a first for most of the participants.

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More winter fun is underway with Urban Roots youth interns busily at work creating large, dynamic puppets to be featured in the dramatization of Shingebiss, an Ojibwe legend about a merganser duck who battles the spirit of winter. The performance will occur on Feb 20th at the Phalen Freeze Fest, a celebration promoting outdoor activities in winter. In addition to the puppet performance, there will be ice fishing, boot hockey, a story walk, snow shoeing, and roasting treats over a fire. Phalen Freeze fest will take place at the Lakeside Center on Phalen Lake at 1530 Phalen Drive, and run from 4- 7pm. 

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